Rothbury Parish Council news in brief

COST OF BY-ELECTION

A by-election that was held in Rothbury last year cost the parish almost £5,000, the council heard.

A bill for the poll, which was held at the same time as the European elections, has been made for £4,665.84p.

l Setting of the precept for 2015/16 was deferred to next month as councillors had not had time to look in detail at financial papers.

PLANS TO CHANGE HAUGH CAR PARK

The council has been asked about removing coach-parking bays from the Haugh car park to create more room for cars. A letter has been received by the council and a meeting is to take place about what work might be carried out.

Coun Bridgett said broken stones need to be fixed before any work to prevent damage in the event of flooding in the village.

NO WORK ON CROSS UNTIL THE SPRING

No work is to take place on the Armstrong Cross until the spring after advice from stonemasons.

Repairs need to be made to the structure, on land outside the Newcastle House Hotel, but Coun Gilson has been told that it will have to wait until there is no chance of frost to prevent further damage.

The council will look at getting quotes and starting work in May.

MEMORIAL SEAT HAS BEEN INSTALLED

A new memorial bench has been installed in Rothbury.

The seat has been put at Copletch in memory of John Laws.

Coun Gilson has been in touch with Mr Laws’ family and they are set to visit the area in spring and a plaque is to be put on the bench.

LIGHTS CAN STAY IN PLACE ALL YEAR

Christmas lights

The parish council gave the Christmas Lights Committee approval to keep wrapped tree lights in situ all year round to save the group from hefty costs.

Electricity

Councillors also agreed that the committee could put a power socket in the ground so that they do not incur extra costs each year re-routing cables.

anti-social behaviour

Police have been informed about youths trying to sabotage the light displays over the festive period. Any names should be passed on to officers.

DATE AND TIME OF THE NEXT PARISH MEETING

The next meeting of Rothbury Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm in the village’s Jubilee Hall on Wednesday, February 11. The public are welcome, but must submit any questions prior to the meeting.